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Hot Water

C.86BC, Bath, Dubunni Tribal Area (now in Somerset, England). A Dubunni tribesman visits the local hot waters and gives a sacrifice to the Celtic god Sulis. In the Celtic times there was a muddy bog in the Dubunni territory, but this was no ordinary bog, here there was a spring with hot water! This natural phenomena (which we now understand ) lead the Celts to worship there god Sulis at the spring. Sulis was a life-giving, nourishing mother goddess who also was believed to be an effective agent of cur…

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall!

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the King's horse and all the King' s men Tried to put Humpty together again! 1648AD,14th July, St Mary's by the Wall, Colchester, Essex, England. Royalist soldiers and cavalry attempt to raise a cannon back onto the tower of the church. The English Civil War has been ongoing since 1642AD, when the second phase of the war begins with unpaid Parliamentarian troops in Wales changing loyalties. At the same time their is a Royalist uprising in Kent and following defeat by…

Welcome to my Grove!

200cBC, Medionemeton (now in Southern Scotland). A Druid leaves the Sacred Grove and heads back to his local tribe. During the Iron Age the Druids were a priestly class within Celtic society, both in and beyond Britain. These priests played an important part in Celtic society. It took 20 years of training to become a Druid (according to Caesar). The Greeks and Romans writers also refer to the druids making human sacrifices, a matter which lead the Romans to pursue the druids and try to stop their relig…

Hand Him Over!

51AD, near Rigodunum (now Castleshaw, Greater Manchester), Brigante territory. Queen Cartimandua hands over Caratacus, a leader of the Celtic rebels against the Romans. The recently invaded British Island is still resisting the Romans in areas, whilst some are loyal to their conquerors. Caratacus, a rebel leader, seeks sanctuary with Queen Cartimandua, however she hands him over instead. In doing so she shows where her loyalty is and is rewarded with great wealth. The location of where the handover took…

Out Numbered

1346AD, 26th August, Crécy, France. Edward III has selected the best site to do battle with the French, between Crécy and Wadicourt. England and France have been at war since 1337 (this war is now know as the 100 year war). In July 1346 Edward III landed at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France and marched through the Cherbourg peninsula. After taking the town of Caen and Lisieux the English are stopped from taking Rouen as the bridge over the River Seine has been destroyed. The river is crossed at Poissy o…

The Tempest

1577AD, 15th November, English channel, between Plymouth and Falmouth. Francis Drake (later to become Sir) set sail from Plymouth having given out his pretended voyage for Alexandra. The journey is cut short due to falling contrary winds. The tempest is so vehement that few on the five ship fleet have ever seen or experienced a storm like this before. It is so bad that the mast of the Pelican (pictures) had to be cut overboard and another ship is driven ashore. The ships put into Falmouth Haven for she…

The Tempest

1577AD, 15th November, English channel, between Plymouth and Falmouth. Francis Drake (later to become Sir) set sail from Plymouth having given out his pretended voyage for Alexandra. The journey is cut short due to falling contrary winds. The tempest is so vehement that few on the five ship fleet have ever seen or experienced a storm like this before. It is so bad that the mast of the Pelican (pictures) had to be cut overboard and another ship is driven ashore. The ships put into Falmouth Haven for she…

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What's that smell

1865AD, River Fleet, Final Chamber, London. Joseph Bazalgette stands at the exit of the Fleet River into the River Thames. London's drainage had feed into the River Thames during the early 19th century making the river like an open sewer. This was causing problems for the public health of Londoners and as a result plans were made to modernise the sewerage system, which were finally actioned after the Great Stink of 1858. Joseph Bazalgette (he was knighted in 1875) was given the responsibility for the wo…

Easy come, easy go

21st February 1759, Carrickfergus, Kingdom of Ireland (now Northern Ireland). Privateer François Thurot leads a force of 600 French troops and attacks Carrickfergus town and castle. The castle had a handful of defenders and after fierce fighting surrendered. During the siege the defenders ran out of ammunition and ended up using buttons. When word of the capture reached Dublin, Lord Lieutenant Duke of Bedford went with a small force of dragoons to Carrickfergus. The town was held by Thurot for five da…
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